Research on clinical applicaton of EMDR other than PTSD - EMDR with trauma in psychosis: Preliminary findings

Description

Posttraumatic stress disorder is one of the most common comorbid conditions in patients with psychotic disorders. A large proportion of this group indicate that they want to be treated for their PTSD symptoms. Conversely, a psychotic disorder is nearly always used as an exclusion criterion for effective psychotherapeutic treatments. The clinical experience and limited scientific research conducted in this area, however, indicate that these patients can be effectively treated with techniques directly aimed at processing the trauma. However, research in this area is lacking.

During this presentation the different interactions between trauma, psychosis and PTSD will briefly be discussed. In addition, the results of a feasibility trial of EMDR in patients with psychosis and comorbid PTSD will be presented. The main finding of this trial was that treatment did not result in any adverse effects. EMDR appeared to be very effective in alleviating PTSD symptoms. Even more surprisingly, other symptomatology, such as symptoms of psychosis and depression decreased significantly. Hence, treating PTSD in patients suffering from psychosis with EMDR appears to be feasible and safe.

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Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

David van den Berg

Original Work Citation

van den Berg, D. (2011, June). Research on clinical applicaton of EMDR other than PTSD - EMDR with trauma in psychosis: Preliminary findings. Presentation at the 12th European Conference on Traumatic Stress (ECOTS), Vienna, Austria

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Citation

“Research on clinical applicaton of EMDR other than PTSD - EMDR with trauma in psychosis: Preliminary findings,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed June 14, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/20924.

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